There are many fun and exciting ways to showcase photos and artwork in your home. You may be asking yourself, “how do I do it, and what rules are there to follow?” The truth is, there are no rules! The best interiors are those that are unique and creative. An essential ingredient to success is Balance. Whether it is a collage of four frames or a multiple artwork assortment, balance can be achieved in many ways when arranging your own look. Let’s touch on three: Symmetry, Theme, and Focal Point.
Symmetry is the most classic way to achieve balance while being very appealing to the eye. For example, a simple print above each nightstand in a master bedroom or a pair of photos above a buffet is always a home run. However, why not be a little daring and try arranging nine photos in a square grid pattern? This concept works nicely with 4, 6, or 8 frames and so on. It also creates a stunning effect when incorporating multiple mirrors. Arranging photos symmetrically works in all interiors, from ultra modern to traditional.
A subject matter Theme is also a great way to establish balance when creating a random assortment. This can be achieved by gathering a collection of prints from the same time period, artist, style, or color scheme. For example, collecting black and white prints or etchings that have a contemporary flare, or watercolors prints for a more traditional feel. Choosing a theme for the prints will give you freedom while still creating a sense of continuity.
Establishing a Focal Point is another key feature to a collage. This can be a large frame or a very inspiring image that captures your eye. Once this is established, everything else plays off and supports the grouping. An example of this would be a large photo offset with two smaller frames on each side, with a 1” space in between. This showcases a focal point and balances out the large central frame. Keep in mind the scale of each photo and frame. You can do it! Stand back and take a look from a distance. Does it feel good to your eye?
The possibilities are endless, so be sure to have fun. If you are in a bind, hire an interior designer or contact an art gallery for assistance. Both sources have the knowledge and experience to help you create a look that says, "Fantastic!"
Look for our easy ‘how-to’ guide for creating a photo collage in your home, coming soon with all purchases at Color Inc. Now get busy…start ‘collaging.’
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